Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the arrest/detention of Indian nationals in cases of alleged possession of drug and narcotics in Kuwait. At present, more than 60 percent of total Indian nationals have been detained and are serving sentences in Central jail of Kuwait in cases relating to drugs/ narcotics.
It is to reiterate that anyone caught with drugs in Kuwait has to abide by the legal system of the country wherein the role of Embassy is restricted to minimum.
The punishment under the Kuwaiti laws for violation of drug related crimes are often very severe and may lead to life imprisonment or even execution. Moreover, in Kuwait, a person is considered guilty until he/she is proven innocent and that the person knew nothing about the drugs makes it often very difficult to prove.
Bail in such cases is usually not given and one has to spend several months in detention while the case progresses through the judicial system. Therefore, one must strictly obey rules and regulations regarding the laws about drugs in this country. The Embassy would like to re-emphasize the following information for the attention of the Indian Community in Kuwait:
What are Narcotics/Drugs? There are, generally, many kinds of drugs some are prescribed while others are known as club drugs, illicit or illegal substance and designer drugs, which include: (i) Antidepressants, (ii) Barbiturates, (iii) Cannabis, (iv) Depressants, (v) Hallucinogens, (vi) Inhalants, (vii) Narcotics [Marijuana, Morphine, Cocaine, Heroin, Dry ICE, LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), amphetamines (speed)]. (viii) Steroids, (ix) Stimulants, (x) Tobacco.
(The list is only indicative and not exhaustive). Suggestions for taking precaution and/or safety tips for Indian community: It is observed that some people become an unwitting/ unknowingly drug carriers when they accept the request of their friend(s) or relative(s) by accepting packets, gifts, small bags, etc in India for delivering to their contacts in Kuwait. One can avoid becoming an unwitting drug carrier by refusing such items where its contents are not clear.
Also, always remain attentive so that drug dealers might not hide drugs in your luggage at the airport. Always get your luggage sealed at the airport and never leave your luggage unattended. Besides never take a parcel for another person without checking what’s inside. One should strictly avoid accepting any such packet or gift from strangers at airport or with a person you develop friendship during travel.
These things may contain narcotics or prohibited medicines which would result in arrest and punishment in Kuwait. Further, the monetary temptation should be avoided where you are asked to visit a place, hold a packet, keep packet, friends attache, or suitcase with you for some time, keep friend’s bag in your room, etc as these are some of the tricks which may land you up in the police net with jail term for transporting/ possessing narcotics.
Taxi drivers should avoid carrying any bag without the owner on board and should remain vigilant in case passenger tried to leave something in the car while alighting.
Use/carrying of Prescription Medicine from India to Kuwait: The general medicine should be brought with doctor’s prescription and the quantity should not exceed the requirement of two weeks. Further, Ayurvedic/Homeopathic medicine due to its composition can be construed as containing alcohol while narcotics can be camouflaged as white sugar pills.
Hence, one should be careful while bringing these medicines and must carry doctor’s prescription and possess limited quantity. One must check also with the Kuwaiti authorities about latest updates on regulations governing carrying of medicines from abroad. The above guidelines are indicative and issued in the interest of the Indian community for taking adequate precautions and to strictly observe the laws of land relating to narcotics/drugs in Kuwait. Your suggestions or comments in the matter may please be sent to the Embassy